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First Solar powers new tellurium demand

Critical Minerals Alliances 2022 - September 12, 2022

 

Last updated 9/15/2022 at 3:07pm

Aerial view of the large Elm Branch solar energy farm in Texas.

Lightsource bp

The 163-megawatt Elm Branch solar project in Texas was developed by Lightsource bp and is powered by First Solar's cadmium-tellurium thin-film photovoltaic solar panels.

Rare metalloid is key element of CdTe thin-film solar cell tech

The rising popularity of thin-film solar cells as a highly effective means of converting sunlight into electricity is creating increased demand for tellurium, amongst the rarest of the stable elements on the periodic table.

Tellurium is a metalloid, one of seven elements with properties that fall between metals like alumin...



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